Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

94 saves! Five overtimes! Former Minnesota prep goalie stars in AHL thriller

94 saves! Five overtimes! Former Minnesota prep goalie stars in AHL thriller

The Phantoms win game four, 2-1 in the fifth overtime to take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Charlotte Checkers in the series. The Phantoms took a 3-1 series lead in the Atlantic Division finals by winning the game that needed 6 hours and 6 minutes, and more than seven periods to decide. Corrects to Charlotte outshooting Lehigh Valley in last paragraph. That came April 24, 2008 when Philadelphia defeated Albany 3-2 in a game that was just under four minutes shorter at 82:58 of playing time. And going. And going - straight into the American Hockey League record books.

Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon made an astonishing 94 saves from 95 shots, including 79 consecutive stops over the final 119 minutes 56 seconds of the game. He made his pro debut in 2016-17 with Lehigh Valley, affiliated with the Flyers, and made his National Hockey League debut this past season when he appeared in 11 games (seven starts) and posted a 4-2-1 record and 2.75 GAA.

The marathon came 10 years after the previous longest game, a 2008 first-round meeting that also featured the AHL affiliates of the Flyers and Hurricanes.

Lehigh Valley will have plenty of time to celebrate - and sleep.

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Lyon made 40 saves in regulation and 54 more as the overtimes continued to mount (photo via phantomshockey.com).

And, then. lots of zeroes.

Danick Martel opened the scoring at 16:24 of the first for Lehigh Valley before Charlotte's Patrick Brown tied the game at 6:52 of the second. And while Charlotte goalie Alex Nedeljkovic was impressive too, stopping 51 shots, Lyon really stood on his head in the win.

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